Delivering better legal support to victims of domestic violence

Nearly 350 South Australian women have sought support from the Women’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Service since the Legal Services Commission began providing the service in July.

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Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill

Second Reading

In continuing my remarks, having acknowledged the contribution of members speaking on this bill, I wish to commend the thoughtful contributions respectfully delivered to the benefit of all those listening to this debate. May I also acknowledge Eva Nikitas, who is a legal research officer of our research library here at Parliament House, for her comprehensive work identifying South Australia's current laws, the history of previous attempts, the legal approaches and, of course, the current laws around the country. This is always an important assessment that is done and, on this occasion, it has been admirably carried out by Eva.

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Cracking down on the sale of dangerous gas canisters

The Marshall Liberal Government is going to crackdown on the sale of nitrous oxide canisters known as ‘nangs’ following concerns raised in the community about their abuse.

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Supreme Court (Court of Appeal) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

In response to the debate on this matter, I start by thanking the Hon. Kyam Maher, who is the shadow attorney-general for the opposition, for discussions with him and correspondence; I will refer to that shortly. He is of course in another place and ultimately may make a contribution in relation to this bill if it is passed in this house. I acknowledge the member for Kaurna's contribution and those of the members for Lee and Heysen.

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Surrogacy now possible for more families

Surrogacy will now be an option for more people looking to start a family in South Australia. 

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Married Persons (Separate Legal Status) Bill

Second Reading

The Married Persons (Separate Legal Status) Bill 2019 is part of the reforms that the government is undertaking to ensure that South Australian law is fully compatible with the availability of same-sex marriage. It is complementary to the main bill that undertakes this reform, namely, the Statutes Amendment (Legalisation of Same Sex Marriage Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019.

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Evidence (Reporting on Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I wish to make a few further concluding remarks in relation to this bill. If I have not already, I thank the member for Badcoe, who was the lead speaker on this matter, for her contribution and indication of general support with the qualification that she foreshadowed that the opposition may move an amendment in another place, and I am happy to canvass that further in committee.

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Classification Council gets the axe

The Government will seek to disband the South Australian Classification Council under proposed legislation introduced to State Parliament this week.

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Community Visitor Scheme

Motion

I rise to firstly move an amendment to the motion moved by the member for which she has presented her argument. I move:

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Tougher penalties for farm trespassers

The Marshall Liberal Government will get tougher on those trespassing on agricultural land in new legislation which will be introduced to State Parliament today.

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